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Jamie Roberts

Australian TV hosts wear black in tribute to Queen following 'peaceful' death at Balmoral

Hosts of Australian breakfast television shows wore black on Friday in a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

The longest-reigning monarch in British history died on Thursday aged 96 at her castle in Balmoral, Scotland. She is said to have passed away "peacefully".

A statement from King Charles III was released in the early hours Down Under, with his words confirming the sad news coming at 4.04am AEST (6.04pm GMT).

And hosts of Channel Seven's Sunrise and Nine's Today show donned black clothing to honour The Queen and her 70-year reign as they made the announcement.

Today anchor Allison Langdon opted for a short-sleeved black dress, while co-anchor chose a black suit instead of his usual navy attire.

On Sunrise, Natalie Barr wore a smart black dress with a shawl, while she also tied her hair neatly back. Her co-host David Koch also took to the desk wearing a black suit. Studio staff on the set also all wore black clothing.

Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon wore black on Friday (Nine)

Both teams of news desks broke the news at 4.30am in Australia, with ABC interrupting the usual music programme Rage to make the announcement.

An emotional Koch informed viewers of the sad news, saying: "Hello, Australia. You are waking up to the sad news the Queen has died overnight. It's the day we knew was inevitable, but hoped would never come."

The channel then showed footage of the huge crowds that were gathering outside of Buckingham Palace as mourners lay flowers outside the gates in the pouring rain.

On the Today Show, Stefanovic shared a story of the last time he met the Queen when she visited Australia 11 years ago.

Natalie Barr and David Koch donned black clothing to mark the Queen's death (Seven)

He said: "'I had the great privilege of meeting her a long time ago now, about 10, 15 years ago at Kirribilli when John Howard was Prime Minister. There were literally hundreds of people there for a special function. Everyone lined up. There was a line-up of about 400m long."

He continued to say: "She looked fragile. But she was just full of energy," before saying he "completely went to water" after becoming overwhelmed at being in her presence.

"Just the energy of this woman, and at the time she was well into her eighties," he said.

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Other channels also paid their respects, while Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also described it as a day of "profound sadness".

He said: "Australian hearts go out to the people of the United Kingdom who mourn today, knowing they will feel they have lost part of what makes their nation whole.

'It is a time of mourning for the people in Britain, across the Commonwealth and, indeed, around the world. There is comfort to be found in Her Majesty's own words: Grief is the price we pay for love. This is a loss we feel deeply in Australia."

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